Best anime of the last century

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The anime have been successful since the 1960s, but most people don’t know the old works. Today we will see the best old anime of the last century that had great influence in the Japanese animation industry.

Many of the anime mentioned on this list had some great influence on Japan and the world, affecting everything somehow. These ancient works can also be appreciated and can be superior to the current ones, even in the animation.

Astro Boy – The First Anime

There were already some animated films and even Japanese drawings at the time, but Astro Boy was the first manga to win a TV adaptation that defined and segmented the Japanese animation market.

This anime is mangaka‘s work dubbed the god of the Osamu Tezuka manga. His original debut on Japanese TV began in 1963, his character is as well known and iconic in Japan as Mickey Mouse is in the Americas.

The anime takes place in a world where robots live together with humans. In the story Dr. Tenma, creates a humanoid robot named Astro in order to replace his son Tobio, who had died in a car accident.

The best ancient animes of the last century

Jungle Tahiti – Kimba, the White Lion

Another anime based on a manga created by Osamu Tezuka, and produced by his own company Tezuka Productions. Kimba is one of the first television anime to be shown in color. The series aired between 1965 and 1966 and had a film in 1966.

The anime tells the story of a lion cub on a journey of self-discovery after the loss of his parents. Does that remind you of a Disney movie? Yes, there are statements that Disney was inspired by Kimba to create Simba.

There are other successful old anime by the same author Osamu Tezuka. We can mention the Princess and the Knight, but we don’t want to go too much into detail, let’s give other authors a chance in this article.

The best ancient animes of the last century

Sazae-San – The Infinite Anime

We have already written about Japan’s biggest success Sazae-san in another article. It is a children’s anime for families with simple traits that aired in 1969 and is in release so far with more than 7,000 episodes.

Sazae-san describes the common life of his wife and mother Sazae Fugata, and her family. It is probably the oldest and historically important example of the “slice of life” genre in the anime world. Unfortunately, westerners don’t pay attention.

The best ancient animes of the last century

Space Battleship Yamato

Also known as Star Blazers, Cosmoship Yamato and Space Cruiser Yamato, this epic and psychedelic space adventure was the creation of animator and respected mangaka Leiji Matsumoto.

This anime takes place in the same universe as the popular Space Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 series. Matsumoto popularized almost alone the genre “space opera” in the anime.

In addition, Yamamoto was the first anime series to be broadcast in its intended episode order when translated to the English audience because of its comprehensive plot.

The best ancient animes of the last century

Detective Conan – Case Closed

No doubt my favorite anime! He made his debut on Japanese TV in 1996 and is on release to this day with more than 900 episodes. It is an anime criminal investigation in csi style and Sherlock Holmes.

The story follows a young high school detective who has his body turned into a child by a secret organization. He needs to keep his true identity a secret, so he lives as a child with a childhood friend with a detective father.

The anime is perfect, for the whole family, even my Mother watches and likes this anime. In addition to the 900 episodes the famous series throughout Japan has received more than 20 films, has several charismatic bows and characters and lots of action and suspense.

The best ancient animes of the last century

Ghost In The Shell

Ghost in the Shell boosted the wave of anime popularity that swept through the West during the 1990s. Mamoru Oshii’s film adaptation of Shirow Masamune’s classic manga remains one of the most celebrated and influential animeever made.

Set in a futuristic and cyberpunk version of Japan, the story revolves around cyborg police officer Motoko Kurasangi as she struggles with her own sense of identity in an artificial body.

His powerful images, impressive animation quality and philosophical depth have profoundly influenced many prominent Western filmmakers such as James Cameron and Stephen Spielberg. The Wachowski brothers credit Ghost in the Shell as the “spiritual predecessor” of the Matrix trilogy.

The best ancient animes of the last century

Honorable Mentions of ancient anime

In addition to the almost complete list of the old anime that passed in the last century, I will also quote another list with what I believe to be also the best anime of the last century. You can’t talk in detail about every anime in this article.

  • Star Of The Giants;
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion;
  • Daicon III & IV;
  • Kinnikuman;
  • Akira;
  • Dragon Ball;
  • Tetsujin 28-Go;
  • Pokemon;
  • Sally The Witch;
  • Rurouni Kenshin;
  • Hunter vs. Hunter;
  • Trigun;

List of Ancient Anime

  • The Legend of Snow White (co-production with Mondo TV) – 1992
  • Abelhinha Hutch – 1969
  • Ai Shite Night[1983-1984]
  • Akuma-kun[1989-1990]
  • Angel Links (1999)
  • Aoki Densetsu Shoot![1990-1991]
  • Apacchi Yakyuugun[1971-1972]
  • Arion (1986)
  • Armored Police Metal Jack (1991)
  • Armored Trooper Votoms (1983)
  • Arrow Emblem Grand Prix Taka[1977-1978]
  • Asari-chan, New District[1982-1983]
  • Aura Battler Dunbine (1983)
  • Bats & Terry (1987)
  • Betterman (1999)
  • Bikkuriman District[1987-1989]
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon[1992 – 1993]
  • Blue Comet SPT Layzner (1985) (1998)
  • Brave Command Dagwon (1996)
  • Brave Exkaiser (1990)
  • Brave Police J-Decker (1994)
  • Brave Raideen (1975)
  • Calimero, California[1974-1994]
  • Candy Candy[1976 – 1979]
  • Captain Future[1978 – 1979]
  • Captain Harlock[1978 – 1979]
  • Captain Harlock Endless Road SSX[1982 – 1983]
  • Captain Tsubasa[1983-1986]
  • Captain Tsubasa J[1994-1995]
  • Cardcaptor Sakura – 1998 and 1999
  • Casshern – 1973
  • Cho Denjin Machine Voltes v[1977-1978]
  • Choriki Robo Galatt (1984)
  • Choro-Q Dougram (1983)
  • Chou Denjin Robo Combattler V[1976-1977]
  • Choujin Sentai Baratack[1977-1978]
  • Chōdenji Robo V Combattler (1976)
  • Cinderella (co-production with Mondo TV) – 1996
  • City Hunter ’91 (1991)
  • City Hunter: 357 Magnum (1989)
  • Colorful (2010) (1982)
  • Cowboy Bebop (1998)
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) (1999)
  • Crusher Joe (1983)
  • Cutey Honey[1973 – 1974]
  • Cutey Honey Flash[1997-1998]
  • Cyborg 009 (1979)
  • Cyborg 009[1979-1980]
  • Daikuu Maryuu Gaiking[1976-1977]
  • Devilman[1972-1973]
  • Di Gi Charat – 1999
  • Digimon (All)[1996-Presente]
  • Dinosaur Expedition Born Free (1976)
  • Dirty Pair (1985) (1987)
  • Document Dougram (1983)
  • Dororon Enma-kun[1973-1974]
  • Dr. Slum[2]p[1997-1999]
  • Dr. Slump and Arale-chan[1981 – 1986]
  • Dragon Ball (All)[1986-Presente]
  • Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken[1992-1993]
  • DT Eightron (1998) (2000) (1981)
  • Firefighter! Daigo of Fire Company M (1999)
  • Galaxy Express 999[1978-1981]
  • Galaxy Express 999[1981]
  • Ganbare Genki[1985-1988]
  • Gasaraki (1998)
  • Gatchaman – 1972
  • Ge Ge Ge at Kitaro[1968-1969]
  • Ge Ge Ge at Kitaro[1993-1995]
  • Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger (1992)
  • Genshi Shonen Ryu[1971 – 1972]
  • Getter Robo[1974-1975]
  • Getter Robo G[1975-1976]
  • Getter Robo Gou[1991-1992]
  • Ghost Sweeper Mikami[1993-1994]
  • Giant Gorg (1984)
  • Gokinjo Monogatari[1995-1996]
  • Goldfish Warning![1991-1992]
  • Gowappa 5 Gōdam (1976)
  • Great Mazinger[1974-1975]
  • GU-GU Ganmu[1984-1985]
  • Gunhed (1989)
  • Guzula/Binsky – 1967
  • Crazy Genius – 1969
  • Hana no Ko Lunlun[1979-1980]
  • Hana Yori Dango[1996-1997]
  • Hanitarou Desu[1997-1998]
  • Hazedon (1972) (1994)
  • Heavy Metal L-Gaim (1984)
  • Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko – 1994
  • Hello! Lady Lin[1988-1989]
  • Himitsu at Akko-chan[1969-1970, 1988-1989, 1998-1999]
  • Hokuto no Ken[1984-1988]
  • Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (1999)
  • Horus: Prince of the Sun[1968]
  • Hotaru at Haka – 1988
  • Hurricane Polymar – 1974
  • Hustle Punch[1965-1966]
  • Hyakujuo Golion[1981 – 1982]
  • Hey, Hāi! Step Jun[1985-1986]
  • Hōhokekyo Tonari at Yamada-kun – 1999
  • Ikyuu-san[1975-1982]
  • Inuyasha: The Final Act (2009) (1980)
  • invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 (1978)
  • invincible Super Man Zambot 3 (1977)
  • Iron Leaguer (1993)
  • Jigoku Sensei Nube[1996-1997]
  • Jushin Liger (1989)
  • Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger – 1995
  • Kamen on Ninja Aka Kage[1987-1988]
  • Karioge-kun[1989-1990]
  • Kick on Oni[1970-1971]
  • Kiko Kantai Dairugger XV[1982 – 1983]
  • Kindaichi Shounen at Jikenbo[1997-2000]
  • Kinnikuman, New District[1983-1986]
  • Kinnikuman: Kinnikusei Oui Zoudatsu Hen[1991-1992]
  • Kosoku Denjin Albegas[1983 – 1984]
  • Koutetsu Jiigu[1975-1976]
  • Kurenai in the buta – 1992
  • La Seine no Hoshi (1975)
  • Lady Lady!![1987-1988]
  • Macross – 1982
  • Magical Taruruuto-kun[1990-1992]
  • Magne-Robo Ga-kin[1976-1977]
  • Mahou at Mako-chan[1970-1971]
  • Mahou Shoujo Lalabel[1980-1981]
  • Mahoutsukai Sall[1]y[1966 – 1968]
  • Mahoutsukai Sall[2]y[1989-1991]
  • Majo no Takkyūbin – 1989
  • Majokko megu chan[1974-1975]
  • Mama is a 4th Grader (1992)
  • Maple Town Monogatari[1986-1987]
  • Marmalade Boy[1994-1995]
  • Mazinger Z[1972-1974]
  • Metal Armor Dragonar (1987)
  • Mimi wo sumaseba – 1995
  • Miracle Shoujo Limit-chan[1973-1974]
  • Mirai Robo Dartanius[1979-1980]
  • Miss Hokusai (9, 2015) (1987)
  • Mobile Police Patlabor (1989)
  • Mohretsu Ataro[1]u[1969-1970]
  • Mononoke-hime – 1997
  • Nekketsu Saikyō Go-Saurer (1993)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (co-production with Gainax) – 1995
  • Night Raid 1931 – 2010
  • Ninja Scroll – 1993
  • The Judoka – 1968
  • Omohide Poro Poro – 1991
  • One Piece[1999-atualmente]
  • Ookami Shounen Ken[1963-1965]
  • Orbital Era (1998)
  • Pataliro, New[1982-1983]
  • Perfect Blue – 1997
  • Pinocchio – 1972
  • Pokémon[1997-atualmente]
  • Rainbow Sentai Robin[1966-1967]
  • Robin Hood (co-production with Mondo TV) – 1990
  • Robot Child Beeton (1976)
  • Ronin Warriors (1988)
  • Round Vernian Vifam (1983)
  • Round Vernian Vifam 13 (1998)
  • Sailor Moon (all)[1992-2014]
  • Saint Seiya[1986 – 1989]
  • Samurai Pizza Cats – 1989
  • Sarutobi Ecchan[1971-1972]
  • Scientific Adventure Team Tansar 5 (1979)
  • Seraphim Call (1999)
  • SF Saiyuki Starzinger[1978-1979]
  • Shin Bikkuriman[1989-1990]
  • Shin Captain Tsubasa[1989-1990]
  • Shin Taketo Monogatari: Sen Nen Jo Ou[1981-1982]
  • Shounen Ninja Kage at Fujimaru[1964-1965]
  • Shurato – 1989
  • Slam Dunk[1993-1996]
  • Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (2013)
  • Speed Racer – 1966
  • Steamboy (2004) Strongest Robo Daiohja (1981)
  • Stop!! Hibari-kun![1983-1984]
  • Super Bikkuriman[1992-1993]
  • Superbook – 1983
  • Taro the Dragon Boy[1979]
  • Tekkaman Blade – 1993
  • Tekkaman – 1976
  • Tenkû at Shiro Rapyuta – 1986
  • The Big O (1999)
  • The Brave Express Might Gaine (1993)
  • The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn (1992)
  • The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird (1991)
  • The Brave of Gold Goldran (1995)
  • The Five Star Stories (1989)
  • The Ideon: A Contact (1982)
  • The Ideon; Be invoked (1982)
  • The Kabocha Wine[1982-1984]
  • The King of Braves GaoGaiGar (1997)
  • The Little Mermaid[1975]
  • The Transformers[1984-1986]
  • The Ultraman (1979)
  • The Vision of Escaflowne (1996)
  • Tiger Mask[1969-1971]
  • Tiger Mask Ni-Sei[1981-1982]
  • Tonari at Totoro – 1988
  • Toushou Daimos[1978-1979]
  • Trigun – 1998
  • Tōshō Daimos (1978)
  • UFO Robo Grendizer[1975-1977]
  • Ultra Mashin Hero Wataru (1997)
  • Umi ga Kikoeru – 1993
  • Unico – 1981
  • Video Senshi Laserian[1984-1985]
  • Voltron series[1984-1989]
  • Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace[1977-1978]
  • Wild Knights Gulkeeva (1995)
  • X – 1996
  • Xabungle Graffiti (1983)
  • Yatterman – 1977
  • Yu-Gi-Oh![1998]
  • Yume at Crayon Oukoku[1997-1999]
  • Yume Senshi Wingman[1984-1985]
  • Zero Tester (1973) (2012)
  • Zillion – 1986
  • Ace of Space – 1965

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